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April 11, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493

Minutes of
General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting

April 11, 2012 at Cañada College

EC Members Present:

Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Lucia Olson, Joaquin Rivera, Doug Sherman, Anne Stafford, Masao Suzuki, Elizabeth Terzakis, Lezlee Ware, Rebecca Webb

Other Attendees:

Margaret Hanzimanolis (Cañada), Michelle Kern (CSM), Eugenia Lau (Cañada), Karen Olesen (Cañada), Carole Rhodes (Cañada), Zev Kvitky (CFT Field Rep)


Meeting began: 2:30



1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Statements from AFT (non EC) members on Non-Agenda Items

Margaret announced that the 10th annual COCAL (Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor) conference will be held in Mexico City August 9-12.

Margaret also announced the nationwide The Adjunct Project blog, a place where adjunct faculty can share information about salaries, working conditions, and union membership.


3. *Minutes of March 14, 2012 AFT Meeting

Approved unanimously with one correction.


4. Section Cuts in the District for the Fall 2012 Semester

At CSM Division Deans have been asked to cut 5.5%.

At Skyline, at least one Division has been asked to cut 7%.

At Cañada there have been no reports of class cuts.

A related issue: there is no clear answer yet about whether there is a direct connection between the number of students lost as a result of the Plan Ahead, Pay Ahead program and the size of the class cuts on the two campuses.


5. PERB Complaint Update

PERB ruled initially that AFT 1493 has a solid case in its Unfair Labor Practice suit against the District for its insistence that participation in development and assessment of SLOs be used in faculty evaluations. The District is not willing to settle the issue through an informal hearing unless AFT agrees that faculty can be required to include SLOs on their syllabi. AFT’s position is that this issue must be negotiated. A hearing is scheduled for April 18.

Given that this issue will be addressed in the new PERC (Performance Evaluation Review Committee), and that continuing with the case will likely be expensive, Joaquin has been talking with Harry Joel about the possibility of AFT withdrawing the case if the District agrees to continue with the status quo until PERC completes its work.


6. *The Contract Campaign: Update on Petitioning in Support of AFT in Fact Finding:

Fact finding is scheduled for May 1-2.

Signed petitions should be delivered to Dan at the AFT office at CSM. Any feedback received from faculty in the process of collecting signatures should be forwarded to Joaquin.


7. Part-Time Parity Survey Update

Monica suggested that we wait until May, after the EC elections and the Senate elections, to distribute the survey. The EC agreed.


8. Progressive Tax Initiative Campaign

The push is on to gather signatures for the newly merged compromise tax initiative by the April 27 deadline. Though CFT and many community organizations had been pushing a truly progressive tax initiative, they agreed to join forces with Governor Brown, in the hopes of getting an initiative on the November that has a solid chance of passing. The new initiative, which is predicted to generate $2.1 billion in new revenue, calls for a smaller sales tax increase and a more progressive income tax increase, which will remain in place for seven years rather four.


9. SLO Resolutions Discussion

The Academic Senates at each of our three colleges intend to draft their own resolutions on the role of faculty in developing and assessing SLO’s, and the District Academic Senate will work to synthesize those resolutions in drafting one of its own.

Teeka stressed her confidence that AFT and the Senates can create resolutions that AFT supports and that satisfy the Senates’ concerns about accreditation.

Lezlee voiced concerns of some faculty who feel Program Review is too heavily focused on SLOs and who wonder what this emphasis will mean for the faculty evaluation process.

Teeka and Lezlee agreed to work with the Senates on developing the resolutions.


10. 2012-2014 AFT Elections: Final Call for Nominations

Additional final nominations were submitted at today’s meeting. Electronic ballots will be sent to all faculty in the next few days; voting will close at midnight May 2.


11. District Election of the Board of Trustees?

Traditionally, Board of Trustee elections in San Mateo County have been held at-large. Because the county is so large, running for the Board has been expensive. As the result of a lawsuit challenging the current election system, our current Board of Trustees has decided to support the change to district elections. If the lawsuit were successful, a judge would determine the number of districts and their boundaries, a process the Board would prefer to control. One result of a change to District elections would be that a candidate with limited financial resources could now run a viable campaign.


12. Grade Submission Deadline

For this current semester, there are only five days between the last day of final exams and the submission deadline for final grades (May 31). Many faculty are concerned that this shift is already altering the kinds of assignments and exams we give our students. Faculty at Cañada have also been told they must submit TrakDat information for all classes by that same deadline (even though this is an artificial deadline).


13. Email Addresses for all EC Members: Update

Eric has nothing to report at this point.


14. Statements from EC Member on Non-Agenda Items.

1. Elizabeth announced the case of Northeastern Illinois University Professor Loretta Capeheart and urged AFT members to learn about her legal case challenging the University’s denial of her right to free speech. Elizabeth will email us information about Prof. Capeheart.

2. Dan expressed a huge “THANK YOU” to Yaping and Monica, both of whom will be stepping down from their current EC positions, for their years of service.

3. Dan also announce that our attorney, Bob Bezemek, will be making a presentation at CFT involving . . .


Meeting adjourned: 4:40


*Action Item



March 14, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493

Minutes of
General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting

March 14, 2012 at CSM

EC Members Present:

Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Lucia Olson, Joaquin Rivera, Doug Sherman, Anne Stafford, Masao Suzuki, Elizabeth Terzakis, Lezlee Ware, Rebecca Webb

Other Attendees:

David Locke (CSM), Zev Kvitky (CFT Field Rep)

Meeting begun: 2:30

Facilitator: Dan Kaplan

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Statements from AFT (non EC) members on Non-Agenda Items

3. *Minutes of January 18, 2012 AFT Meeting


  • 10 “yes”
  • 3 “abstain”

4. Performance Evaluation Task Force: Discussion of Desirable Qualifications for Selection of Faculty

We have reached final agreement with the District on an MOU, with the language AFT had originally wanted. Decisions will be reached by a majority vote; final draft will go to the Board of Trustees only for a final review and approval – a simple up or down vote.

We reviewed a draft of the Performance Evaluation Review Committee (PERC) selection process document. The EC agreed to some general, and some specific, revisions to the document, which will be made by the standing committee. This draft will be voted on by the EC within 48 hours of receiving it and brought to District Academic Senate for approval, with the final draft brought back to AFT’s April 11 meeting.

5. Fact Finding Update

The AFT and District negotiating teams have agreed on a third, neutral arbitrator. Fact finding will take place May 1 & 2. AFT will present its case, followed by the District. The fact finders may work to push the sides to reach agreement, but if that does not happen, the neutral fact finder will author a report, a public document that will go to AFT, the Board of Trustees, and PERB. This report, however, will not be binding.

6. *The Contract Campaign: Petitions in Support of AFT in Fact Finding, Binding Arbitration, and the Millionaires’ Tax

We will circulate a petition of support for the negotiating team that focuses on the following four contract issues:

• Compensation

• Academic freedom

• Strengthening PT seniority rights

• Binding arbitration

Joaquin urged us to take time at today’s meeting to make some specific plans for the campaign. Skyline EC members have already met with Dan and Zev to develop strategies for reaching out to their faculty. Cañada faculty will meet with Dan and Zev immediately following today’s AFT meeting, and CSM will meet with them next week.

7. Part-Time parity

Monica presented a draft of a faculty workload survey, the purpose of which is to determine faculty workloads (both full-time and part-time), gather information to help us determine what constitutes parity, and gather information we can use in future contract negotiations.

One issue of concern regarding adjunct faculty workloads is that their smaller involvement outside the classroom – in many cases due primarily to the fact that they aren’t currently paid for that additional work, and that they frequently teach on multiple campuses – could be used to argue against parity in pay. AFT can argue, however, that they should be paid for that work.

8. Basic Aid: Discussion of Ramifications

It is almost certain that SMCCCD will become a Basic Aid district this academic year, a status that is likely to continue. The greatest benefit of being Basic Aid is that future state budget crises will not directly impact our District. The initial determination about whether we do, indeed, become a Basic Aid district will be made in October 2012, with the final determination made in January 2013.

Two possible negative consequences of being Basic Aid are that our total funding is no longer dependent on enrollment (possibly less incentive to increase enrollment), and that under Basic Aid there is no funding penalty if the District fails to meet its Faculty Obligation Number (FON). The FON is currently frozen due to budget cuts, but will eventually be in play again.

Teeka asked about the possible impact that becoming Basic Aid could have on how the three colleges use the money generated by their TBA’s/To-Be-Arranged hours (formerly HBA’s/Hour-by-Arrangement) and on how they comply with state guidelines regarding TBA’s. Some people have suggested that because we are likely to become Basic Aid soon, and therefore no longer reliant on state funding, we don’t need to worry about meeting all of the state guidelines regarding the TBA. Others, however, have pointed out that it is quite possible to move in and out of Basic Aid status, making it far more practical to develop TBA’s that do, indeed, meet all state requirements.

9. SLO Discussion

AFT has received a few responses critical of the March (?) Advocate article about issues of academic freedom surrounding the inclusion of course SLO’s on individual faculty syllabi – and some responses of support. One article has already been submitted for publication in the April (?) Advocate, opposing the viewpoints expressed by AFT’s original article; another article, a letter written by the three campus SLOAC coordinators, will be submitted soon. The SLOAC coordinators’ letter is intended to encourage faculty to include SLO’s in their syllabi given that SLO’s are part of the accreditation standards. College and district administrators are in a tough position: they cannot require faculty to include anything in their syllabi that is not spelled out in the contract, but the colleges are under very real pressure to meet WASC demands in order to be accredited.

The EC agreed that an AFT response to the two articles, clarifying apparent misunderstandings of our position, is appropriate, but we must be clear that we are not opposed to including SLO’s in faculty syllabi; rather, we oppose administration demands that we include them, demands which clearly violate our contract and our rights to academic freedom. Including, or not including, SLO’s in syllabi is a decision to be made by individual faculty.

10. 2012-2014 AFT Elections: Continuation of Discussion

Dan has talked with a number of faculty who are considering running for EC positions, but he has no firm commitments. He urged officers who plan not to run again to encourage other faculty to consider running for office. Dan will contact all nominees to be sure they do want to run. Nominations will be due April 6 or can be made in person at the April 11 AFT meeting at Cañada.

Reminder: agency feel payers may vote on the contract, but not in EC officer elections.

11. *AFT Social: Spring Election Reception Prior to the April 11 EC Meeting at Cañada College

Information only – Dan is organizing.

12. Email Addresses for all EC Members: Update

Eric will be getting email addresses for all EC members.

13. Statements from EC Member on Non-Agenda Items.

Monica stressed that to make any real headway in resisting WASC’s pressure on colleges to require faculty participation in developing and assessing SLO’s, and on the use of SLO’s in faculty evaluations, we will need to get other districts involved in the fight. At least one member of the District Academic Senate believes AFT has done the right thing in filing an unfair labor practice charge with PERB over the District Administration’s insistence on faculty participation in SLO’s, but is also very concerned about risking our accreditation. Monica emphasized the importance of developing a joint AFT/DAS resolution to show that the two are in agreement on this issue.


Meeting adjourned: 5:05

*Action Item